“The Race between Two States”
If you know anything about the 419, you know that we are setting right in the heart of the most prolific sports rivalry in the nation. Michigan vs. Ohio State! In this part of the world, you’re either Maze & Blue (the best of course) or Scarlet & Gray (Boo)! There is no in Between!!
This was never truer that in last nights annual running of the MI-OH 8K. It starts with registration, where they ask you to choose your race shirt color. Of course, Maze & Blue or Scarlet & Gray, there is a third option “Neutral”, (which was green and white this year) for those that just can’t make up their minds or just don’t want to piss anyone off! Then all week leading up to the race, there is the typical Border Battle jousting, ribbing, chest pounding and just all around good fun!
Why an 8K? No reason, other than a simple course layout of four left turns that take you from Ohio, into Michigan and then back to your starting point in Ohio. The starting point is at Centennial Quarry, a local outdoor concert amphitheater, where the after race party is held.
This year I Paced several of the 5K runners that I am coaching. It was the first time that I’ve Paced a group of runners in an actual race and I had a blast! We used this race as a Training Run and decided that we would use our 5K Tempo pace of 9:10 to 9:20 per mile as our goal and I’m happy to say we did just that, exactly at 9:10. Woot Woot!! Couldn’t be happier for them, considering it was 81 degrees and 77% humidity. Yea, a hot sweaty mess!
oh, Yea, almost forgot! They give out these cool little towels in lue of Medals, which on a hot, muggy AF evening in July they are so much more useful
They say that you learn something new during every race and this was no exception Historically, I am a “Go out fast and die” kind of runner. Negative splits are not something that I’ve ever been able to do in a race. I usually go out fast, bank some time then fade in the end and hope that the time I’ve banked will carry me to the end. But by Pacing my group last night, I was finally able to to make improvement in in this area While it wasn’t true negative splits yet, with a 9:06, 9:11, 9:08, 9:13 and a 9:09 it was a huge improvement.
After the Sweatfest, we all gathered and listed to the music of Booyha, enjoyed a burger and a few adult beverages and relived our race! I’ve said it before and Ill say it again. “Its not about the running, it’s about the People” and last night race was no exception. Another great race brought to us by Dave’s Running and Run Toledo! Great job guys!
Looking forward to the next race.
Until next time,…Happy Running!
Are you a Michigan or OSU fan? (No other choices)
Have you ever Paced a group of runners? Any pointers you’d like to share?
I’d love to hear form you!